Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.64
Liaison Jessica Bilecki
Submission Date March 3, 2017
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STARS v2.0

University of the Pacific
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jessica Bilecki
Sustainability Director
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

The Sustainability Committee meets on a monthly basis to discuss current issues and projects for Stockton Campus. AY15-16 included the development of creating a Climate Action Plan for the University of the Pacific to the table.

The committee is also responsible for the Sustainability Project Investment Fund in which $150,000 is awarded to different sustainability projects for all three campuses. A minimum of 50% of the SPIF funds shall be used to support projects with either a) a payback period of no more than 6 years or b) a minimum 17% return on investment for the portion of the project supported through the SPIF. The payback period can be calculated using data measured from existing or comparable projects or using engineering estimates to determine cost savings.

* The University of the Pacific has a Sustainability Director and Sustainability Coordinator that are resources for all three campuses. Over the past three years, the Sustaining Pacific office has established a Green Move In/Move Out program, a Pacific Green Team, a Pacific Kitchen Co-op, helped coordinate and maintain the Ted & Chris Robb Garden, and coordinate compost collection at most university wide events.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Sustainability Committee is an administrative standing committee with faculty membership and charged to advise the President on the development of sustainability strategies and policies across the University.

The Sustainability Committee will:

-advise on establishing and integrating sustainability strategies across the institution;
-recommend policy, institutional goals and resource allocation;
-monitor related indicators and progress through assessment and benchmarking activities; and
-encourage the alignment and expansion of education practices, teaching and learning, scholarship, and co-curricular activities.

The Committee membership consists of:

At least two faculty members nominated by the Academic Council, two student nominated by ASUOP, a representative of each of the divisions, a representative from the Sacramento and San Francisco campuses (may overlap above positions), and the Sustainability Officer (ex officio, voting), not to exceed 12 members. Student members serve one-year terms; all other members serve three-year staggered terms. All members and the Chair are appointed by the President.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):


Ryan Moffet, Chemistry, COP, Chair
Qinliang Zhao, Chemistry, COP, Chair Elect
Shanna Eller, Sustainability Director
Pamela Posey, San Francisco Campus
David Lambertson, Sacramento Campus
Graeme Mitchell, AVP of Facilities
Lynn King, Student Life
Jimilynn Dorough, Division of Development
Lydia Fox, GEOS, COP
Lawrence Ballard, Office of Information and Technology
Brandon Chan, Student Representative
Kendra Bruno, Sustainability Coordinator

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The "office" is composed of:
- 1.00 FTE Sustainability Director;
- 0.50 FTE Sustainabiltiy Coordinator;
- 0.20 FTE Graphic Designer; and
- 8 x 0.20 FTE student sustainability interns.

2 x 0.20 FTE student sustainability interns also work on the Sacramento campus, but STARS is being completed for only the Stockton campus.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Shanna Eller, Sustainability Director; Kendra Bruno, Sustainability Coordinator

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

August 2011 - Pacific hired its first full-time Sustainability Director, Dr. Shanna Eller, to advance sustainability issues on all three campuses. Eller works with all three campuses to advance sustainability issues. She collaborates with Pacific's Sustainability Committee and university administrators to monitor program effectiveness, serve as representative and liaison with various on-campus organizations and community organizations, and publicize Pacific's programs and initiatives.

June 2013 - Kendra Bruno joined the team as Sustainability Coordinator. The Coordinator focuses in particular on operational and co-curricular areas.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

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